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Capitals projected lines against Rangers

Sunday, 02.17.2013 / 11:57 AM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Capitals projected lines against Rangers

NEW YORK - The Capitals enter Sunday's game on a three-game winningstreak. This will be the first meeting between the Caps and Rangers since their Eastern Conference Semifinal series last year, which the Rangers won in seven games.

That marked the end of coach Dale Hunter's tenure and set the stage for the hiring of Adam Oates during the offseason. How does Alex Ovechkin think the change in coaching philosophies from Hunter's defense-first mentality to Oates' more-aggressive style will affect a meeting with the Rangers?

"I'm probably going to get more ice time," said Ovechkin, who played fewer than 15 minutes three times in that series.

The Rangers did not have a skate Sunday, so the status ofRick Nash remains in doubt. Coach John Tortorella will address the media at 4:45 p.m.

Here's what Oates will likely throw at the Rangers in terms of line combinations and d-pairs, with Braden Holtby getting the start in net.

Wojtek WolskiNicklas BackstromTroy Brouwer

Jason ChimeraMike RibeiroAlex Ovechkin

Eric Fehr- Mathieu PerreaultJoel Ward

Matt HendricksJay BeagleJoey Crabb

John ErskineJohn Carlson

Karl AlznerTom Poti

Tomas KundratekJeff Schultz

Braden Holtby

Michal Neuvirth

Scratches: Mike Green (lower-body), Roman Hamrlik, Marcus Johansson (upper-body).

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